PARIS (AP) — Two people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting at a Kurdish cultural center in Paris on Friday. The 69-year-old suspect was wounded and detained.
The reason for the shooting was not clear. Paris prosecutors have launched an investigation into the murder and are working to identify the suspect.
Police cordoned off the area in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, on a busy street with shops and restaurants near the Gare de l’Est train station. The shooting happened as Paris bustles ahead of the Christmas weekend.
The Paris Police Department has warned people to stay away from the area while emergency responders are on the scene.
According to the mayor of the 10th arrondissement, Alexander Kordebard, the shooting happened at a Kurdish cultural center, a restaurant and a barber shop nearby. Speaking to reporters at the scene, she said the “real motivation” for the shooting remains unclear.
As she spoke, the crowd nearby chanted: “Erdogan, terrorist” — referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and “Turkish state, murderer.”
The attacker was also wounded and hospitalized, Cordebard said.
Two of the four injured are in serious condition, the prosecutor’s office said.
The Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office is in contact with the investigation, but at this stage there has been no indication of a terrorist motive. France suffered a series of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists in 2015-2016 and remains on high alert for terrorism-related violence.
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